Actress Selma Blair reveals MS diagnosis: ‘I hope to give some hope to others’

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<p"Cruel Intentions" actress Selma Blair revealed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on her Instagram this weekend.

<p"I have #multiplesclerosis," she wrote in a caption. "I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it."

<p"And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best," she added.

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I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it . And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff @noah.d.newman . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member… thank you. I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share. ?? my instagram family… you know who you are.

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<pBlair, 46, said she was diagnosed on Aug. 16, thanking her friends and family for support and adding that: "I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others."

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<pThe "Legally Blonde" star said she struggled with a myriad of symptoms, so in a way the diagnosis came as a relief, as does speaking about it openly.

<pIt wasn't until Blair went to see a doctor that she said things changed.

<p"I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least," she wrote. "And I am relieved to at least know. And share."

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<pMS is a disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), a nonprofit advocacy group that aims to raise awareness about the disease.

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<pSymptoms of MS vary widely based on the individual but some of the most common include fatigue, numbness or tingling, weakness, dizziness, vertigo, walking difficulties and more, according to the NMSS.

<pThough there is no cure for MS, there are ways to treat and manage most of the symptoms, the NMSS says.

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